Footsteps Shiraz and Chardonnay Mini Bottles

On a recent trip to Liverpool we had a wonderful time exploring the city.  It’s well worth a trip for just one of the cathedrals, but as the song goes “We speak with an accent exceedingly rare, if you want a cathedral we’ve got one to spare”, and a short walk along Hope Street connects… Read More »

Lacaze Private Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

I’d tried a different vintage of this wine last year, and I’d liked it.  This year the label had undergone a serious facelift.  Instead of a stylised greyscale image of the mountains of Chile, and some old style typeface it gets a giant image of what seems to be an Easter Island Moai statue.  Whilst… Read More »

Grand Liberte Corbieres 2015

Cry Freedom!  This Grande Liberte is so named as it’s the first wine that the wine maker has made under his own label.  Whilst the family has been producing wine for the local co-op for 100 years, this one is intended to stand on its own.  It comes with a nice back story of local… Read More »

Limited Release Californian Zinfandel 2013

This was a Laithwaites bottle, with rather a minimalist label, claiming to be Bin Number M13, but I think they just decided there was no point in spending money on label design if the wine was just going to be shipped out in mixed cases selected by their team.  It’s not a decision I’m against,… Read More »

Quercus Cabernet/Merlot 2014

I don’t drink a lot of German wine, as much of it is terrible, and the ones that aren’t are really expensive.  The closest I normally get is wines from Alsace and Austria, which are close enough to be invaded every now and then.  So presented with a German themed wine list for a casual… Read More »

Catena Malbec 2013

So autumn is definitely here.  Last night by the time we’d finished dinner and cleared away it was dark already, and the rain looks set be spending the whole weekend with us.  This calls for a switch to more autumnal drinking, so a Malbec that’s been sitting in the rack since spring was called into… Read More »

Esprit de Puisseguin St Emilion 2014

I picked up this bottle from Waitrose, in a bit of a mixed bag of whatever took my fancy as I strolled around the aisles.    When I got home I found alongside the mushrooms, squash, sweet potatoes and pomegranates there were plenty of plummy, blackberry flavoured wines in a decidedly autumnal selection of food… Read More »

Brecon Botanicals Gin

I like gin and I like Wales, so Brecon Botanicals seemed like a great choice when I saw it on the shelf.  This may seem like a weird thing to say, but Welsh water is lovely.  Here in the English midlands we do get water from Wales through the taps, but it’s traveled far and… Read More »